If you want to make an awesome impression on your date, Auckland activities can get super expensive! We’ve rounded up a bunch of wonderful ways to keep love in the air, while on a budget.
Happy hour at Ponsonby Road gem, Conch
This indoor-outdoor bar runs a happy hour from 5pm-7pm every night! Take your pick from several beautiful Chilean wines, or the Hallertau brews on tap, for only a cheeky $7 each. Great vibes, great service and wonderful drinks without too much damage to your wallet.
Have a cute old-fashioned picnic
As the weather clears up, plan a romantic picnic in a spot that’s easy to access by public transport. Our picks are Mount Eden and the Auckland Domain, or take a short ferry ride to Devonport to picnic and explore on the beautiful and history laden Mount Victoria.
Netflix and chill (had to)
Binge watch and bond over several seasons of these addictive shows together:
Orphan Black for weird science, lots of action and drama!
House of Cards for corruption in the White House and the beautiful outfits of Claire Underwood
Community for lovable characters and endless laughs
Explore the Auckland Art Gallery
Feel cultural and sophisticated as you wander hand-in-hand trying to decipher weird and wonderful art in one of the most beautiful buildings in Auckland!
Grab a bite at the Silo Park Night Markets
Our favourite Friday night market destination is the Silo Park Markets, for affordable eats from all over the world! After feasting, you can take a romantic walk along the Viaduct and plan your dream vacation on one of the fancy yachts – no harm in dreaming!
Get tipsy together on these cheap wines
No need to splurge when you can treat your date with expensive-tasting wine for less than $20! Look for these beauties at the liquor store:
Ana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 ($14.99)
Arriba Tempranillo 2015, Spain ($13.95)
Main Divide, Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2014 ($19.99)
Make a sophisticated home cheese board to enjoy with the wine, or hit up a BYO and chat over cheap Indian, Thai, Japanese – Auckland has it all!
Happy dating, lovebirds!
Feature image: Silo Park Markets, Instagram @yourwaterfront